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Equal Opportunities

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list all the complaints made to the Equal Opportunities Commission of discrimination against women in the last five years, together with the names of the complainant and the organisation complained against and the subsequent outcome; and if he will make a statement;(2) if he will list all the complaints of discrimination in employment made to the Commission for Racial Equality in the last five years, together with the names of the complainant and the organisation complained against and the subsequent outcome; and if he will make a statement.

Information about complaints made to the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality is, consistent with considerations of confidentiality, included in the commissions' annual reports, copies of which are in the Library. It is not possible to list details of the complaints because in many cases this would involve a breach of confidentiality between the individual and the commission.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for the past five years for which figures are available the bodies investigated by (i) the Commission for Racial Equality and (ii) the Equal Opportunities Commission, and the subsequent outcome.

Information about the formal investigations conducted under the powers contained in section 48 of the Race Relations Act 1976 and section 57 of the Sex Discrimination Act is included in the annual reports of the Commission for Racial Equality and Equal Opportunities Commission, copies of which are in the Library.